New York University’s Department of Linguistics will host “Lects and the City,” an Oct. 20-23 conference that will explore the social and linguistic issues that arise in multicultural urban centers like New York City. The international conference, held at venues across the NYU campus, will feature a public forum on Sat., Oct. 22. This panel, “Language and the City,” will include noted scholars from linguistics, anthropology, sociology, and education, who will discuss the city as a site of research and the multitudes of cultural, ideological, and linguistic issues that arise. On Sun., Oct. 23, there will be an informal breakfast with William Labov, who conducted seminal research on New York City speech 40 years ago.

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  • What: “Lects and the City,” a conference exploring the linguistic and social issues that arise in multicultural urban centers
  • When: Oct. 20-23
  • Where: Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, 4th and 9th floors, Lipton Hall in NYU School of Law’s D’Agostino Hall, 108 West Third Street, Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, 8th floor [Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); N, R, W (8th Street); 1, 9 (Christopher St.)]

Reporters interested in attending the lecture must contact James Devitt, Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or The general public should contact 212.998. 7766 or for more information.

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